Barefoot trimmer Suffolk Tony McNamara trimming a barefoot horse.

About Me

Born in the centre of London it was not a typical or early start to my journey with horses.

When handed a horse to hold by my wife Clair I was both terrified and in awe of these wonderful gentle creatures and I wanted to learn more.

I started having riding lessons and took to it well. Eventually competing in dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping….all on our barefoot horses.

I am currently studying for my level 5 diploma in equine podiatry with Equine Podiatry Training Ltd.

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Mixed images of barefoot trimmer Tony McNamara and barefoot horses

About Hooves

From early on we could not understand any need for shoes – and none of our horses have ever been shod.

The hoof is so well designed for purpose, when working correctly it has great balance, strength, and grip.

Over the years, I became more interested in hoof care – our trimmers allowed me to help out more and I enjoyed seeing our herds feet improving so much I wanted to offer this to other horses.

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Tony McNamara with Thimble the barefoot shetland in Suffolk UK
Calm horse being trimmed by a barefoot equine podiatrist

About Behaviour

OK – I’ll admit we made a mistake. Our ‘bomb-proof, easy to handle’ first horse turned out to be anything but this.

From five hours to clip, missing so many shows due to loading issues, uncontrolled galloping along the road and even an ‘equine behaviour’ specialist who walked off and gave us our money back, our wonder horse taught us so much. He was labelled a thug, rude, pushy, and aggressive…. But he was just scared and trying his best.

Over the years I have developed a particular interest in working with horses which many would have described as being difficult and have been fortunate enough to spend time with different horse trainers. I have a calm, natural way with horses and love being around them.

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Areas covered

Based near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and covering Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex. If you are outside of this area drop a message and we can discuss a small travel fee.

If you are interested in an initial consultation or visit to discuss your requirements get in touch via my contact details listed below. 07711679151
Map showing coverage of Tony McNamara Barefoot EP in Suffolk
Equine podiatrist Tony McNamara trimming a barefoot horse.

What is Equine Podiatry?

Equine – Pertaining to animals classed as “Equidae” (Horses, Donkeys, Zebras and Hybrids such as mules). Podiatry – The branch of medicine that deals with the treatment and prevention of diseases of the foot. Equine Podiatry is a science-based approach to the care, diet and environment of the barefoot horse.

Barefoot hooves in Suffolk

Why Barefoot?

To me this has always seemed an odd question – I would ask “why shod”. Horses naturally thrive without shoes with the correct care, diet and environment. Able to work on all surfaces over great distances. With the correct trim and work, they will always grow enough hoof to replace what they wear. So “Why Shoes”?